Matthew’s mother is crazy. And she is the kind of unpredictable crazy where he and his sisters are always on edge wondering when she will explode. Matthew and Callie do their best of take care of their younger sister most of the time, since their mom is away a lot. Sometimes she comes home and acts “motherly” and cooks dinner, but other times she comes home angry and mean. Things finally come to a point where Matthew decides to take action. Their mother has chased off the only decent boyfriend she’s had after he found out how crazy she is, and this has brought her evil and madness to a whole new level. Matt asks for help from the only adults around, and he hopes that something will change. He wants more than anything to get them away from his mother or someone won’t survive.
This is one of those stories that sticks with you for a long time. The saddest thing in the world is when someone who is supposed to protect kids is actually their worst enemy.
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